7.1.3 Ability of Indigenous youth aged 15 to 24 years to speak and understand an Indigenous language, by Indigenous identity, Canada, 2012

Note: Excludes persons living on Indian reserves or settlements.

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 576-0009 – Aboriginal Peoples Survey, self-rated ability to speak and understand an Aboriginal language, by Aboriginal identity, age group and sex, population aged 6 years and over, Canada, provinces and territories, occasional (persons unless otherwise noted).

In 2012, 47% of Inuit youth aged 15 to 24 years reported that they spoke an Indigenous language(s) very well or relatively well.

4% of First Nations youth reported that was the case as did 1% of Métis youth.

56% of Inuit youth reported that they understand an Indigenous language(s) very well or relatively well.

9% of First Nations youth said this was the case, as did 3% of Métis youth.


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